Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Iraq instead of Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, you would:

Health

live 7.4 years less


In Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, the average life expectancy is 80 years (77 years for men, 83 years for women) as of 2020. In Iraq, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 14.3% more likely to be unemployed


In Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, 14.0% of adults are unemployed as of 1998. In Iraq, that number is 16.0% as of 2012.

Life

have 2.7 times more children


In Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, there are approximately 9.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Iraq, there are 25.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 62.5% more likely to die during infancy


In Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Iraq, on the other hand, 19.5 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 2.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, approximately 23.1% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Iraq, about 49.4% do as of 2018.

Iraq: At a glance

Iraq is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 437,367 sq km. Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq was occupied by Britain during the course of World War I; in 1920, it was declared a League of Nations mandate under UK administration. In stages over the next dozen years, Iraq attained its independence as a kingdom in 1932. A "republic" was proclaimed in 1958, but in actuality a series of strongmen ruled the country until 2003. The last was SADDAM Husayn. Territorial disputes with Iran led to an inconclusive and costly eight-year war (1980-88). In August 1990, Iraq seized Kuwait but was expelled by US-led, UN coalition forces during the Gulf War of January-February 1991. Following Kuwait's liberation, the UN Security Council (UNSC) required Iraq to scrap all weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles and to allow UN verification inspections. Continued Iraqi noncompliance with UNSC resolutions over a period of 12 years led to the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and the ouster of the SADDAM Husayn regime. US forces remained in Iraq under a UNSC mandate through 2009 and under a bilateral security agreement thereafter, helping to provide security and to train and mentor Iraqi security forces. In October 2005, Iraqis approved a constitution in a national referendum and, pursuant to this document, elected a 275-member Council of Representatives (COR) in December 2005. The COR approved most cabinet ministers in May 2006, marking the transition to Iraq's first constitutional government in nearly a half century. In January 2009 and April 2013, Iraq held elections for provincial councils in all governorates except for the three governorates comprising the Kurdistan Regional Government and Kirkuk Governorate. Iraq held a national legislative election in March 2010 - choosing 325 legislators in an expanded COR - and, after nine months of deadlock the COR approved the new government in December 2010. Nearly nine years after the start of the Second Gulf War in Iraq, US military operations there ended in mid-December 2011.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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